Faculty: Silvia Maria Acosta

Biography

I have been teaching design studios and seminars that include drawing, painting and making things in the Architecture Department since 1987. Teaching has also taken me to other places—the Boston Architectural Center, University of Miami, Yale University, Harvard University, Curtin University of Technology (Australia), Nagoya University (Japan), Monash University (Australia) and Equinoctial Technological University (Ecuador). I am grateful to have had these very exciting and personal enriching involvements with other schools, however, I still consider the best part of my education to have taken place while teaching at RISD. I continue to take immense pleasure in working with our students and with my colleagues.

Academic Research/Areas of Interest

Although I support the uniqueness of personal ingenuity when it comes to the creation of architectural projects, I am also interested in the making of collective works. As much as architecture comes from our individual creativity, it is also a very collaborative practice, and in the best of situations, its beauty comes through in the inclusion of humanistic values, both in its making and in its offering.

My interest in this approach to academic searches is founded on two beliefs—that joint endeavors outweigh work conceived from a single point of view, and that architecture is made, and then given away. No matter who sponsors it, architecture is in the world, and for the world. These opportunities to make an offering are about observing, listening, and doing. They are also about responding with a sense of obligation towards humanitarian concerns.

For the past years I have been finding ways for students to expand their education beyond the studio space. These efforts have ranged from the making of objects of use and furniture, to the designing and building of community projects sited locally and abroad. Exploring through the qualities of full-scale material, motivated by the limitations of modest means, and inspired by making an offering to the greater good, my student’s efforts demonstrate how architecture can contribute in small, but very palpable ways.

Silvia Maria Acosta

Silvia Acosta

Professor
sacosta@risd.edu
401-454-6284

  • BA, University of Miami
  • BA, University of Miami
  • MARCH, Harvard University

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Courses
  • ARCH-W220
    *WINTERSESSION OFF-CAMPUS
  • ARCH-21ST
    ADVANCED STUDIO
  • ARCH-2182
    DP SEM: DRAWINGS OF THINGS
  • ARCH-W202
    M.ARCH STUDIO
  • ARCH-2108
    URBAN DESIGN PRINCIPLES
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